Virginia Basketball Double Bonus: Wake Forest

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Virginia is undefeated in ACC play.
De’Andre Hunter got it going again in UVA’s latest win. ~ Mike Ingalls

The past week provided a couple of tricky road trips for the Virginia basketball team, but the Hoos got through two venues where they sometimes have trouble against Georgia Tech and Wake Forest. Sunday’s 59-49 win against the Demon Deacons gave the Cavaliers their 10th straight win and maintained their spot atop the ACC standings in the process.

This week provides an entirely different challenge with a pair of ranked teams up next on the schedule. The No. 2 Hoos host No. 18 Clemson on Tuesday night before hitting the road to No. 4 Duke on Saturday.

Will the Wahoos keep up their winning ways? We’ll find out soon enough. First, however, let’s take a closer look at the Wake win in the latest Double Bonus.

Pick & Pop

Redshirt freshman De’Andre Hunter came off the bench with another big night for the Cavaliers, scoring in double figures for the fifth time in seven ACC games. Hunter reached 15 points for the third time in this stretch, which included both road wins last week at Georgia Tech (17) and Wake Forest (16).

While his recent big scoring contributions featured some high post isolation drives against zone defenses from Syracuse and GT, Sunday’s outing at Wake showed off a different piece of his skill set for Virginia. Hunter dropped 12 of his 16 points playing mostly as a pick-and-pop forward. That included three buckets in the first half and a pair of 3-pointers in the second half.